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The better question is: what can’t you do at the New? Find some of the world’s best boating, hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, ziplining… BASE jumping, WWII biplaning and obstacle courses in the sky?!? Yeah, it’s pretty diverse. Family fun and thrills abound!

Richmond Hamilton Farm

This preserved farmstead will take you back to the days of subsistence farming.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
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Camp Brookside

This 40s summer camp for mining community children is being restored for use today.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
  • Special Notes: undergoing restoration

Prince Depot

The forward-thinking art deco design of this unique historic depot merges sustainability and style.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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National Coal Heritage Trail

The 187-mile Coal Heritage Trail winds through the Southern WV coalfields.

Discover coal heritage >
  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes:

Nature Exploration

Discover the wilderness >
  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
  • Special Notes:

Thurmond

This classic boomtown is now a ghost town, but you can still explore the history of its rich heyday.

Explore Thurmond >
  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: June- August
  • Special Notes: Stop by the depot for visitor information

Theatre WV

Enjoy award-winning performances at the Cliffside Amphitheater in the Grandview section of the National Park.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Summer
  • Special Notes: Arrive early to catch the pre-show performances

Nuttallburg

Tucked back into the forest, uncover the ruins a near-forgotten coal town, littered with old mining equipment.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes: Off the beaten path

Hiking

The best part of a mountain stroll is the view from the top! Explore the open forest.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Ranger Programs

Curious about the botany, wildlife, culture and history of the National Parks? Join the experts to explore more.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Varies; year-round
  • Special Notes: All programs are free.

Bridge Walk

Trek WV's most well-known icon, 876 feet above the gorge.

Walk the catwalk >
  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: year-round
  • Special Notes: Bring a camera!

Biplane Tours

Ride WWII-era biplane above the New River Gorge for soaring... or stunting.

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  • Recommended Age:
  • Activity Time: 20 min to 1 hour tours
  • Special Notes: There's only room for 1 passenger at a time

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the trendy new watersport anyone can enjoy! It's fun and easy to learn.

Find SUP outfitters >
  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Summer
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Boating

Wander the waters, from river to lake!

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: summer
  • Special Notes:

Fishing & Hunting

Angle for abundant smallmouth bass or hunt wildlife in some of the best game grounds in the state.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round, but best in summer and fall
  • Special Notes: Make sure you have the proper licenses.

Ziplines & Aerial Courses

Fly through 8 unique ziplining experiences, from the East's longest ride to lines that end in a splash!

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  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes:

Climbing & Rappelling

The New River Gorge National Park is a world-renowned climbing destination, and you can also scale the cliffs on the shoreline at Summersville Lake.

Find climbing routes & guides >
  • Recommended Age: 8 and older
  • Activity Time: year-round
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Biking

Take on the trails, from rough mountain terrain to the smooth, easy stretches.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes: Be sure to wear a helmet on mountain rides

Horseback Riding

Ride off into the mountain sunset.

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  • Recommended Age: 9 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Kayaking

Paddle our scenic lakes and rivers, from the calm waters to the wild waves.

Find kayak outfitters >
  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: spring, summer, fall
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Duckying

These inflatable kayaks are great for the kids in mild water, or help navigate jagged rocks in lower, wilder whitewater.

Find a ducky trip >
  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: spring, summer, fall
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Whitewater Rafting

From ripples for the kids to world-class thrills, there's a whitewater run for every skill level in the National Parks of Southern WV.

Find a rafting guide >
  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Half-day, full-day, overnight
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